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Herpes Virus Diseases
Correlations Between Herpes Viruses and an Expanding List of Human Diseases
Type 1 – HSV, Human Herpes Virus-1, HHV-1
- Symptoms include fever blisters and cold sores of the face, mouth, and lips
- Distinction between HSV-1 and HSV-2 are thought to be separate but this distinction fails
- Virus from a cold sore easily transferred via oral-genital contact to establish a genital herpes infection in another individual.
- HS-1 linked also to serious neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia
- Co-infection by HSV-1 and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can enhance activity of both viruses in AIDS patients and non-genital herpes lesions.
- Affects up to 50% of population
Type 2 – HSV-2; also Human Herpes Virus-2, HHV-2
- This is the usual cause of genital herpes, classified as a sexually transmitted disease
- HSV-2 and HSV-1 are nearly indistinguishable except for different clinical symptoms
- Both types of herpes can cause oral and genital herpes outbreaks
Type 3 – HZV, Varicella Zoster Virus, VZV and Human Herpes Virus-3, HHV-3
- Chickenpox results from first-time infection by HZV
- Later in life this is called shingles
- Involves post-herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain) from shingles.
- This is the most infectious of known herpes viruses
- Over 90% of population infected
- Linked to autoimmune diseases such as lupus, AIDS
Type 4 – Epstein-Barr (EBV; also, Human Herpes Virus-4, HHV-4)
- The major cause of infectious mononucleosis
- The leading culprit in causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other disorders of the immune system
- Linked with lupus, lymphomas, and other cancers.
- Quite damaging and mutagenic in body.
- 75% of population test positive for EBV
Type 5 – Cytomegalovirus (CMV, also, Human Herpes Virus-5, HHV-5)
- Can cause mononucleosis and hepatitis
- Can also be sexually transmitted
- Can turn on cancer genes
- Strongly correlated with vascular diseases such as coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
- Generally asymptomatic, but may be a key factor in development and progression of heart and blood vessel disease
- Infects 60% of adults, but most common in homosexual males and is associated with AIDS
Types 6, 7, 8 and 9 (HHV6, HHV7, HHV8 and HHV9)
- All are associated with disorders of the immune system, especially AIDS
- Is also called Kaposi’s sarcoma (KSHV) which causes a type of skin cancer mostly in AIDS patients
- HHV-6 and HHV-7 found in 90% of the population
- Considered to be “universal” herpes viruses
- HHV-6 causes childhood roseola infantum
- HHV-6 also linked with development of multiple sclerosis
NOTE: the smallpox vaccine administered in childhood could set the stage for future outbreaks of Herpes viruses. The presence of heavy metals in the body also contributes to the perfect environment for sustenance of Herpes and other viruses.
Below are web sites containing information about Herpes that are helpful.
An excellent list of lysine /arginine foods
Selenium deficiency provides optimum conditions for herpes
It’s all about coconut oil!
Notes from: Clark, W. Dennis, PhD., Treating Herpes Naturally with Larrea Tridentata, 2003.